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Buddha’s Blend

“It all began with the twinkling of the tea.” – Alice in Wonderland

This morning’s blend of tea surprised me in two ways. The first, is with the deep blue notes of some of the loose leaf. It’s pretty. The second surprise is the smell. It has a sweet fruity smell. This morning I am drinking a white tea called Buddha’s Blend. The ingredients are: white tea, green tea, jasmine pearls, white hibiscus blossoms, and natural and artificial flavour. It is a nice rounded sip of tea that I would describe as smooth and flavourful.

If we were having coffee tea, I would share with you a term I learned back in March when I participated in the Women in Publishing Summit. The term is pantser, pronounce pant-sir. It’s someone who flies by the seat of their pants. In the case of a writer, this is someone who has not outline as they write. They write by the seat of their pants. I think I’m a hybrid pantser outliner. My writing strategy is to know a beginning and end with a couple points in the middle. I roll with it from there. What is your writing style? Are you an outliner or a pantser?

If we were having coffee tea, I would share some novel news with you. Kindle version of The Ember Stone is available for pre-order: here. The link to The Ember Stone on Goodreads: here. If you have a Goodreads account it’s time to add “The Ember Stone” to your Want-to-Read shelves. I attached a teaser scene as a review so check that out when you added it to your shelves. And my Goodreads giveaway is active now too for anyone who is interested. Thanks for the support.

If we were having coffee tea, I would share with you that I completed an application to receive an advanced reader copy of an upcoming novel from another author. I received my copy this week and hope to start reading it very soon. Before I start it though I want to finish reading “The Wishing Spell” by Christ Colfer. I am also still working on a beta read for another author. Fun stuff. What are you working on?

If we were having coffee tea, I would apologize because outside of the reading/writing/editing news I don’t have anything to share this week. Hope you have a great weekend.

By Shari Marshall – 2022


Weekend Coffee Share is hosted by Natalie the Explorer. I hope you have a chance to join us for a virtual cup. Coffee share #68 or week 17 of 53.

17 thoughts on “Buddha’s Blend

  1. I am mostly a panster, but can be a hybrid panster/planner at times. There have been times I have the entire thing worked out in great detail in my mind and then I write it out like dictation. Others, I have it exactly planned in my mind, but as soon as I start writing, the story wants to go someplace completely different…

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    1. Right, it is those times where there is a plan that disappears when the story starts to come out that make me wonder why outline in great detail? But, I guess if nothing else that detailed outline gets the creative juices flowing and is there to return if need be.

      Thanks for stopping in Trent.

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      1. Even when I outline, it rarely in great detail… I agree, that just getting words on “paper” (I have outlined on real paper!) and thinking about the story is a good way to get the creativity jump-started.

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  2. In some cases I’m still a Pantser, though I back-outline after the first draft and edit profusely. But on my 5 book series, by necessity I’ve become a Plantser, a combo of a Plotter and and Pantser. The plot twists of dimensional time travel are basically impossible to keep in one’s head without a clear outline.
    That tea sounds lovely.

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    1. A “Planters”, haha, that is great. I can imagine how important an outline would be for writing dimensional time travel. Book 5! Nice. What is the title of book 1 in your series?

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      1. The Unwitting Journeys of the Witty Miss Livingstone: Book I – Journey Key (Miss Liv Adventures) It’s a steam era, character driven mystery/adventure where her life unfolds different ways and she has to decide which life to live.

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  3. Hi Shari – we’re back after too may hours driving and flying, we’re back home and maybe now I can finally see things from my blogging world. Our wifi access was limited so I’m, um, running a bit behind.
    Great news about Ember Stone! Looking forward to more – I hope you have a smash hit on your hands.
    Blessings.

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    1. Glad you are back Gary. Things have been a bit wild the last few days with last minute book stuff, but it is coming along nicely. You are quoted on the back cover of The Ember Stone. I don’t think I have shared any back cover images yet. I will try to remember to share something at virtual coffee this week or next…

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        1. Sadly, my ears are still arching. I picked up some ear drops from the pharmacist. Hopefully, that helps. I can’t believe how long this COVID is clinging to me…I am thankfully that nobody caught it from me.

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          1. Ugh
            Sorry to hear this but this seems common. I get over stuff in a few days normally but covid tied me down for a month and a second month if you count time spent wishing some symptoms would ease up already. Extra rest helps, but you know what it’s like to tell that to a busy mom 👩. . .

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  4. I am so behind on blogging! I thought I would get caught up being home for a week with Covid, but… I didn’t. Ah well.

    I haven’t been writing either, which is a shame. I wish I had taken the time to write more, but I needed self care more than writing, apparently. I pushed myself too hard last year, honestly.

    As a writer, I am about 99% pantser! I have tried outlining, but it didn’t work out very well. I was off the outline in just a few pages.

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